Make your own lox (smoked salmon) with this easy lox recipe. You will never go back to store-bought lox!
Curing lox is easy, and homemade lox is so much fresher, tastier, and healthier than store-bought lox. Serve lox for breakfast or brunch on a toasted bagel with cream cheese, or with slices of cucumber for a keto-friendly option.
LOX FOR BREAKFAST
One of my favorite things about visiting my mom for a weekend is sitting down and having breakfast with her. We sit down over a cup of delicious coffee with steamed frothy milk. We eat toasted English muffins topped with cream cheese and slices of lox.
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This habit can get expensive, so we often make our own lox.
WHAT IS LOX?
If you’ve never had lox, it is cured smoked salmon lox is a popular bagel topping in NYC. But it seems that many people from other parts of the country have never heard of it. And this is so sad, because salty smoked lox with cream cheese on a bagel is just so so good!
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LOX AND SMOKED SALMON?
Good question! They are both raw salmon that is cured with salt. However, smoked salmon is also smoked after it is cured. Lox is just cured salmon. So smoked salmon has an extra layer of flavor from the smoke. The cool thing is you can give homemade lox the smokey flavor just by using smoked sea salt. You don’t have to bother with any smokers but you still get the tasty smoked salmon flavor!
if you don’t have that on hand you can definitely use regular old sea salt.
And if you are planning on using this homemade lox in any recipes, you can use lox and smoked salmon interchangeably in recipes!
Yes! You can easily make lox at home.
If you’ve ever had lox, then you know how expensive it is – around $25 – $30 per pound. That’s nuts. So you can imagine my excitement when I learned you can make lox at home.
IS MAKING LOX SAFE?
Curing salmon to make lox is totally safe and easy. The salt seeps into the salmon and kills all bacteria during the 2-3 days of salt curing.
PLAN AHEAD IT TAKES 2-3 DAYS TO CURE
Lox is so easy to make, and only takes a few minutes of hands-on time. The salmon does take 2-3 days to cure (depending on how salty you want it), so you do have to plan ahead if you want to enjoy it for breakfast.
This recipe is so worth waiting for. Fresh salmon fillets are so much cheaper than buying small packages of prepared lox.
And home cured salmon doesn’t have any nitrites or other preservatives added to it (other than salt, obviously).
Homemade lox also tastes fresher. You can bite through it like a hot knife through butter, while store-bought lox is usually chewier.
The awesome thing about making your own lox is that you can experiment with different flavors of salt, herbs, and seasonings. Try a chili lime version with some lime juice and chili powder, or add some dried herbs for a Mediterranean flavor.